June 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

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Release dated: 
April 12, 2016
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

June 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Local History Workshop
Hjemkomst Center
201 1st Ave. N Moorhead, MN 56560
Writing threads its way through nearly every aspect of history. From the way we share and interpret it, to the way record and preserve it. This year’s Local History Workshops focus on sharpening writing skills for those looking to share and preserve their history, from technical writing for better grant applications and National Register nominations to better interpretive writing for exhibits and web content. There will also be time to network with history colleagues from across the state and learn tips and techniques. The price includes materials, lunch and refreshments. 
Thu., Jun 2, 2016, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
$30

Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mill City Museum and Xcel Energy partner on a series of walking tours highlighting the story of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including rare access to an operating power plant. During the early 20th century, more than two dozen mills and hydroelectric plants used the water power from St. Anthony Falls. Today just one is left: Xcel Energy's Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant. On this tour, a Mill City Museum guide will lead participants to Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, including special access to the power plant. Along the way, participants will learn about the historic uses of waterpower at the falls for flour milling, sawmilling and hydroelectricity, the role of hydroelectricity in Xcel Energy's green energy and energy efficiency initiatives and the future of waterpower on the Minneapolis riverfront.
Tour departs from 125 Main Street SE (at the green awning between Pracna on Main and the Aster Cafe). The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces. Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour is presented by Xcel Energy.
Thu., Jun 2, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members, includes museum admission.
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Also June 16 and 30

Grants Office Open House
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The MN Heritage Preservation Grants Office hosts an open house at the Minnesota History Center on the first Thursday of each month. Non-profits, tribes, educational institutions and local/state governments interested in apply for any grant programs are welcome to attend. This is an opportunity to meet grants office staff to discuss how to apply for a grant, project ideas and grant requirements. Individuals are ineligible to apply for grant programs. To RSVP, please contact Julie Hillenbrand at 651-259-3464 or julie.hillenbrand@mnhs.org.
Thu., Jun 2, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Friday, June 3, 2016

Local History Workshop
Cokato Museum
175 4th St. SW Cokato, MN 55321
Writing threads its way through nearly every aspect of history. From the way we share and interpret it, to the way record and preserve it. This year’s Local History Workshops focus on sharpening writing skills for those looking to share and preserve their history, from technical writing for better grant applications and National Register nominations to better interpretive writing for exhibits and web content. There will also be time to network with history colleagues from across the state and learn tips and techniques. The price includes materials, lunch and refreshments. 
Fri., Jun 3, 2016, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
$30

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tour: The Creative Enterprise Zone
WestRock Paper
823 University Ave. St. Paul, MN 55114
Calling all urban adventurers! On this tour, you'll explore the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape a neighborhood along the Green Line with an expert resident guide. Located midway between Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the Creative Enterprise Zone is home to both urban industrial and creative enterprises. This tour highlights just a few of the businesses that thrive here with an exclusive look at the WestRock Paper plant, one of the neighborhood's oldest and largest factories, and a tour of the beautifully revitalized Vandalia Tower building. The tour concludes with an optional drink at the new Lake Monster Brewing taproom. Presented in partnership with the Creative Enterprise Zone and Twin Cities LISC.
Tours begin at 10 am and 2 pm and last 2 hours. Generous support for Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The tour departs from WestRock Paper, 2250 Wabash Ave., Saint Paul, and involves some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jun 4, 2016, 10:00 am – Noon; 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$15/$12 MNHS members
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Farm Animal Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
The animals on a farm all have specific uses and require different kinds of care. June means time to shear the sheep. Encourage the Kelley farmers as they hand-shear the sheep to help them get out of their "winter coats." Toby and Coulter, the farm’s oxen, will be finishing up field work. Meet the spring newborns, and discover how farm animals have been used in the past and the different ways they are used today. Take time to explore the nature trails.
Sat., Jun 4, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also June 5

Living History - Meet the Lindberghs
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Learn what life was like for Charles Lindbergh growing up on a farm during World War I. Costumed characters portraying Lindbergh family members and neighbors will provide insights into young Charles' interests in aviation, technology and nature. Hear inside stories about the Lindbergh family and have the chance to try some of the chores Charles did around the farm. Experience the life of this ordinary boy who grew up to do extraordinary things. Tours leave every 30 minutes, with the last tour leaving at 4 pm.
Sat., Jun 4, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also June 18

War of 1812 Family Day
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
It's the War of 1812 and the Americans are attacking British territories. The North West Company is enlisting all able-bodied voyageurs to help defend the business of the fur trade. Join in musket drills, march in formation and make a militia hat to show your support.
Sat., Jun 4, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Kid Crafts: Corn Husk Dolls
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to make a corn husk doll to take home. Corn husk dolls are made out of the outer covering of an ear of corn and are typically made during the fall. Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sat., Jun 4, 2016, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$6 per kit, does not include museum admission

Storytelling on the Porch
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Take a guided tour of the Meighen store then relax with others on the front porch while enjoying readings of 19th century children's stories. The selected stories will evoke vivid imagery while sharing life's lessons and morals.
Sat., Jun 4, 2016, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members. State Park vehicle permit required

Summit Avenue Walking Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a 90-minute walking tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The tours highlight the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. 
The tour covers 1.5 miles starting at the James J. Hill House, proceeding west on Summit Avenue, returning via side streets and alleyways and concluding outside the Cathedral of St. Paul. All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. Call for group tour information. Tours begin at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays. 
Sat., Jun 4, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Also June 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26

Time Capsule for Families: Moving to Minnesota Territory, 1849
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In May of 1849, Alexander Ramsey and his wife Anna moved to St. Paul. In this family program, learn how the Ramseys traveled to their new home and what life was like for them when they arrived. Learn about life in St. Paul in 1849 and taste a popular food of the time period. Children and their parents can create their own time capsule, using a timeline map to explore the Ramsey mansion and collecting "time capsule" tokens along the way. This one-hour program is offered at noon, 12:30 and 1 pm.
Sat., Jun 4, 2016, Noon – 1:00 pm; 12:30 – 1:30 pm; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
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Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A guide will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its nonpublic spaces.
Sat., Jun 4, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Also June 25

Christian Indians and the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Join author and independent historian John LaBatte for a talk titled "Christian Indians and the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862." LaBatte will discuss the arrival of the first missionaries to convert the Dakota in 1834, what life was like for Christian Indians during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and the impact of Christian opposition to the war.
Sat., Jun 4, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members. State Park vehicle permit required,

Mill City String Quartet: You Betcha!
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Minnesota boasts a rich history of music passed on through local composers like Abbie Betinis, Gene Gutchë and Kevin Puts. Explore these Minnesota composers and be part of music history with the world premiere of a new piece by Betinis in this performance by the Mill City String Quartet in the James J. Hill House art gallery. Forty-five minute tours of James J. Hill House will be available after the concert. 
Concert program: 

  • Abbie Betinis: Commission
  • Gene Gutchë: String Quartet No. 4
  • Kevin Puts: Credo

Sat., Jun 4, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Dollar Day
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site shows its appreciation to the community with $1 admission all afternoon. Tours of Lindbergh's boyhood home will be available every half hour with the last tour at 4 pm. Learn how Lindbergh developed interests in aviation, technology and the natural environment while touring the historic home and the interactive exhibits in the visitors center, including the popular Spirit of St. Louis flight simulator.
Sun., Jun 5, 2016, Noon - 5:00 pm
$1

Dairy Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
The Harkin Store will honor the dairy industry with delicious dairy products to sample all afternoon. Enjoy a treat while relaxing on the 1870s porch and watching the river.
Sun., Jun 5, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Railroad History Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Beginning with the arrival of Minnesota's first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population and flour milling, lumber production and warehousing took off. Take a guided tour of railroad landmarks, including the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail. Each tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum where participants can visit the museum gallery (included in the price of the tour). The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-pace walking on uneven surfaces.
Sun., Jun 5, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members. Tour ticket includes museum admission
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tour for People with Memory Loss
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House and is followed by an optional social time with pastries and coffee. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month and are made possible through funding by the Bader Foundation.
Tue., Jun 7, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free, reservations required
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History Flirt: Looney Tunes
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Frolic with history at History Flirt, a new free Tuesday happy hour for adults 21 and up. In June, History Flirt celebrates the History Center's newest exhibit, What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones. Enjoy grown-up cocktails crafted by the Turf Club and carrot cake samples by Grandma's Bakery. Try stop-motion animation with John Akre of Green Jeans Media. Glen Leslie of KFAI's Jet Set Planet will DJ Looney Tunes-inspired music, and flipbooks will be on display courtesy of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Also get up close and personal with a variety of Bugs Bunny's real-life cousins and try to separate bunny fact from "toon" fiction with STEM Bunnies. Or just relax and enjoy some classic toons. PJs admired, but not required. A cash bar and additional food will be available for purchase.
Tue., Jun 7, 2016, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free, reservations recommended
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Nooks & Crannies Tour
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault and more on this tour of the Hill House. Visitors will see the top-floor attic with original theater, take the back stairs to the basement, view storage areas not on the regular tour, and take a peek inside the gatehouse overlooking Summit Avenue. Guides will also discuss the technological innovations present in the house at the time of its construction in the late 19th century, and the difficulties of preserving such a building today. Tours run 90 minutes and leave at 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 pm. The 6 and 7:30 pm tours are led by a costumed interpreter portraying a construction worker or house servant.
Tue., Jun 7, 2016, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm; 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm; 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
$18 adults, $16 seniors and college students, $14 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members
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Also June 14, 21, 28

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sacred St. Paul Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Churches, both the humble and the grand, demonstrate St. Paul's rich religious and ethnic history. Explore the art, architecture and unique stories of some of the capital city's most fascinating sacred spaces with professional photographer Doug Ohman, whose work is featured in the MNHS Press book "Churches of Minnesota." This bus tour meets at the Minnesota History Center and includes stairs and no more than 2 blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces. Price includes a box lunch.
Wed., Jun 8, 2016, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$55/$50 MNHS members
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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Double Discount Days
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Head to the History Center, Mill City Museum and select historic sites statewide to shop! During this four-day weekend sale, MNHS members can enjoy a 20 percent discount on a wide array of uniquely Minnesotan books, jewelry and other items available in the stores and online. Members also receive a discount at the History Center's Cafe Minnesota and D'Amico and Sons Cafe at Mill City Museum.
Thu., Jun 9, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free
Also June 10, 11, 12

Friday, June 10, 2016

Lindbergh and the World at War
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
What makes a person a good American? What makes someone a hero? Does someone stop being a hero? These questions and more will be explored at the Charles Lindbergh historic site in a new experience aimed at exploring Charles Lindbergh leading up to World War II. Lindbergh meant many things to many people. To some he was the "golden boy" who could do no wrong: a young, handsome, brave pilot who was forced to experience the kidnapping of his first child. To others he was un-American, a traitor in support of Hitler. Guests will interact with the gallery of exhibits to explore the different sides of Lindbergh. Then staff will host a discussion on these topics, and visitors can gain a greater awareness of Lindbergh’s legacy through exploring his involvement with Nazi Germany, his anti-Semitic comments and viewpoints and isolationist stance against the United States’ entry into World War II. This program is limited to 20 participants. 
Fri., Jun 10, 2016, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors, college students and children ages 5-7, free for age 4 and under and MNHS members
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Also June 24

Mendota After Hours
Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN 55120
Have a drink with your friends while learning about Minnesota's past. This series offers fascinating stories of historic people, places, and events offered in a unique and intimate setting. Guest speakers or musicians explore a new topic each month. Two drink tickets are included with the ticket price.
Fri., Jun 10, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$25/$20 for MNHS and DCHS members

Ramsey After Dark: Angels and Madams
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1881, residents of St. Paul's fashionable Irvine Park neighborhood formed a committee to rid their district of vice. St. Paul's not-so-hidden red-light district was a source of concern for residents, reformers and city officials alike. This 90-minute program uses newspaper accounts and court records to explore the secrets of the capital city. Were madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse simply running businesses or, as reformers claimed, ruining lives and the soul of a city? This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Jun 10, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm; 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tour: Frogtown
Demera Restaurant
823 University Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104
Calling all urban adventurers! On this tour, you'll explore the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape a neighborhood along the Green Line with an expert resident guide. Frogtown has always been home to St. Paul's immigrant communities, and today it's one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods. You'll enjoy coffee at Demera restaurant; learn the story of one of the city's great bread makers, A La Francaise; soak up some early 20th century ambiance at the storied Victoria Theater; and wander past homes that have housed generations of the city's workers, from 19th century railroad workers to small business owners today. The tour will end at the newly opened Frogtown Park and Farm. Presented in partnership with the Frogtown Neighborhood Association and Twin Cities LISC.
Tours begin at 10 am and 2 pm and last 2 hours. Generous support for Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The tour departs from Demera Restaurant, 833 University Ave., Saint Paul, and involves some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jun 11, 2016, 10:00 am – Noon; 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$15/$12 MNHS members
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Open House
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd. Two Harbors, MN 55616
Enjoy the beauty and history of Minnesota's North Shore during a free open house day at Split Rock Lighthouse and state park. Tour the light station, keeper’s house and fog signal building. Stop by the Visitor Center to see exhibits on the North Shore's tourism and commercial fishing industries, and view a film about the early shipping industry on Lake Superior.
Sat., Jun 11, 2016, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Free

Bread Making Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Bread is the staff of life and is the most widely consumed food in the world. Step back into 1899 and observe costumed guides as they complete the weekly task of bread making. Nineteenth-century techniques of bread making will be showcased with opportunities for hands on participation. The bread-making process is an all-day event with the mixing beginning at 10 am and the finished product coming out of the oven around 3 pm.
Sat., Jun 11, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Soldier One-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Attention all recruits! Enlist in the 5th Regiment for an afternoon of fun at Historic Fort Snelling. "New recruits" will learn about the lives of soldiers at the fort during the 1820s. Campers will march, drill, watch musket and cannon firings, and much more. Space is limited to 14. This camp is for ages 8-12.
Sat., Jun 11, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
$50/$45 MNHS members
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Also June 25

Bars, Bootleggers and Booze Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102}
Cocktail rooms and high-end mixology are trends matched only by a current thirst for microbrews. On this tour, meet some of the newest distillers in the Twin Cities and get some background on our state's complicated relationship with booze. Stops include 11 Wells distillery, the newly reopened Commodore Bar & Restaurant and Du Nord Cocktail Room. Samples included. This tour is for ages 21 and up and includes up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jun 11, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40/$35 MNHS members
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Historic Main Street Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Stroll through Minneapolis' oldest neighborhood on a guided tour and learn about the rich past and exciting future of historic Main Street. Hear about life in the village of St. Anthony, founded in 1848, and the changes along Main Street over the years. Landmarks include the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin and Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs. This tour begins and ends at 125 Main Street SE (the green awning between Pracna on Main and the Aster Cafe) and includes about one mile of moderately-pace walking on uneven surfaces. 
Sat., Jun 11, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members, includes museum admission.
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Many Stories: A New Vision for Historic Fort Snelling
Community Listening Session

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
270 N Kent St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Learn about MNHS' plans to revitalize Historic Fort Snelling through upgraded facilities and interpretation. This will be a space for open community dialogue and collaboration. Representatives from MNHS will be in attendance to listen. This program will be held in Club Room C. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. Come and make your voice heard! Can’t attend a meeting? Share your ideas and stories here.
Sat., Jun 11, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Exploring the American Bison
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Join naturalist Scott Kudelka for a talk about bison, the largest mammal on the Great Plains. Millions of bison once roamed North America and were central to the livelihood of many American Indians. Kudelka will explain how their numbers changed following the arrival of Europeans, the difference between bison and buffalo, and how the herd is doing at Minneopa State Park today. Learn about the bison and how they survive the harsh conditions on the plains through a "build a bison" activity.
Sat., Jun 11, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members. State Park vehicle permit required

A New Look at the Carvings
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
Explore the rock face in bare feet to see some of the newly uncovered petroglyphs that are located away from the regular path. Visitors can explore on their own, but an interpreter will be available to answer questions and direct visitors to carvings. Over the past several years, an extensive conservation project identified an additional 3,000 petroglyphs, which until recently have been covered in lichen. Visitors should be prepared for walking on uneven surfaces.
Sat., Jun 11, 2016, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also June 25

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Upper Post Biking Tour
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Discover the history behind the old brick buildings of the Upper Post on a guided bicycle tour. A costumed interpreter will share tales of army life from a hundred years ago, the state of the buildings today, and current restoration efforts. The tour will include the officers' row, the barracks, administrative buildings, drill fields along Taylor Avenue, the warehouse and stables district along Bloomington Road, as well as a little Whiskey at the end. The bicycle tour will last two hours and will cover rough terrain. Don't have a bike? No problem, Nice Ride kiosks are available at Historic Fort Snelling and Fort Snelling State Park. Meet at the headquarters building (clock tower) across from the ball fields on the corner of Taylor Avenue and Colville Avenue. The headquarters building is a quarter mile from the Fort Snelling light rail station. This tour is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Snelling.
Sun., Jun 12, 2016, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Flag Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Learn about our nation's flag, how it's evolved, what its design means and what the flag looked like in the 1870s when the Harkin Store was a bustling general store. Visitors can also view a display of different American flags, and the gift shop will have flag-related items for sale along with books, toys and handcrafts.
Sun., Jun 12, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Engineering the Falls Tour with History Player William de la Barre
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower. Visit the Minneapolis riverfront, the west-side milling district and the Stone Arch Bridge, and hear about the many ways the falls have changed over the years.
Sun., Jun 12, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Little House in the Big Fort Day Camp I
*Sold Out*

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Experience the life described in the first four books of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series: Little House in the Big Woods; Little House on the Prairie; Farmer Boy; and On the Banks of Plum Creek. Campers will sing songs, play games, hear stories, experience a one-room schoolhouse, and make food and crafts that Laura learned while growing up on the western frontier in the 19th century. Space is limited to 16. This camp is for ages 7-11.
Tue., Jun 14, 2016, 8:30 am - Fri., Jun 17, 2016, 4:30 pm
$250/$230 MNHS members
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Also June 28

Crucial Conversations: Immigration and Identity in America
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join a small group dialogue to process and discuss the themes of immigration, identity and equity in America as featured in the exhibit Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. These dialogues are a place to discuss today's issues and the history that sheds light on them. Dialogues are facilitated by staff members trained by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
Tue., Jun 14, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Also June 21

History Film Series: American Heart
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
“American Heart” explores the lives of three refugees in Minnesota: a former political prisoner from Cambodia, a member of an oppressed ethnic minority in Burma; and an Ethiopian refugee, and their experiences and challenges with receiving health care. The film examines their experiences at a St. Paul clinic and the health challenges and past trauma they each deal with. The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening.
Tue., Jun 14, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Historic Summit Hill Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Climb Summit Hill to discover its rise from rural retreat to elite Victorian enclave, its fall into notoriety, and its fight to regain its status as St. Paul's most fashionable historical address. The tour will follow old streetcar lines past beautifully restored Victorian homes and luxury hotels where F. Scott Fitzgerald first made his mark as the scandalous voice of the Jazz Age. Round out your evening with a drink at a former Fitzgerald watering hole, W.A. Frost & Company. This tour is for ages 21 and up; drinks purchased separately. This tour includes stairs and up to 2 blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.
Wed., Jun 15, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Solstice at Minnesota's Ancient Observatory, 2-Day Exploration
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2 Comfrey, MN 56019
During this two-day event, mark the summer solstice as American Indians once did on Minnesota's prairie. A replica of Minnesota's first-known astronomical observatory, created thousands of years ago, will be created, and sunrise during the summer solstice will be observed. The original observatory is a fragile archaeological site constructed out of boulders on private property near Jeffers Petroglyphs. The observatory's alignments mark the sunrise and sunset during the summer and winter solstices as well as during the fall and spring equinoxes.

Friday, June 17
7:30-8:15 pm: Tom Sanders, site manager at Jeffers Petrogylphs, will present on his discovery of this ancient site, as well as documentation and science about this ancient observatory.
8:30-9:15 pm: A guided walking tour of the carvings
9:30-10:30 pm: The observatory will be constructed

Saturday, June 18
5-6 am: The summer solstice will be observed through the alignments of the recreated observatory.
6 am-8 am: Tom Sanders, site manager at Jeffers Petrogylphs, will present on his discovery of this ancient site, as well as documentation and science about this ancient observatory. A guide will also be present on the rock face to show the carvings at one of the best times to see them.
Fri., Jun 17, 2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also June 18

Saturday, June 18, 2016

High Bridge Station Riverfront Tour
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
A street level tour of Minnesota's capitol city highlighting the natural and human forces that shaped it long ago and today. Tours meet at the Alexander Ramsey House and walk along the Mississippi River, tracing the city’s origins as a shipping hub that is still powered by the river. Visitors will experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Xcel Energy High Bridge Generating Station. Participants will return to the Ramsey House by bus with stops at Schmidt Brewery and the historic Stone Saloon, an 1857 watering hole currently being restored to its Civil War condition. Presented in partnership with Xcel Energy.
Sat., Jun 18, 2016, 9:00 am – Noon
$40/$35 MNHS members

Father's Day Weekend
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
This Father’s Day join the Kelley Farm staff as they work on typical 19th-century "fancy chores," such as building feed boxes, repairing equipment and fences, and caring for the livestock. Guests can also bake treats in the farm house and help water and weed in the garden. Fathers are admitted free when accompanied by a child.
Sat., Jun 18, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free fathers accompanied by a child, age 4 and under and MNHS members
Also June 19

Be a Lumberjack Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Kids are invited to be a lumberjack for a day. At the logging camp, children can help saw wood, count beans, mix cookie dough, stamp a log, cross haul a sled and race "gray-backs." Then it's time for fun with games like "prune on a spoon" racing, musical stumps and raisin spitting and craft projects that bring out the creativity in kids.
Sat., Jun 18, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Archaeology for Kids One-Day Camp
*Sold Out*

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Grab a trowel and get ready for an archeological dig! Campers will spend the day with archeologists and historians who will help them do archaeological work including research, digging and sifting at a recreated dig site and working with scientific equipment in a lab. Space is limited to 10 per camp and is for ages 10-14.
Sat., Jun 18, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$65/$60 MNHS members
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Games from Times Past
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Take a guided tour of the Meighen store, then play games popular in the 1800s, including graces, battledore, shuttlecock, croquet, string games and races. Staff will be available to help with instructions and join in the play.
Sat., Jun 18, 2016, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members. State Park vehicle permit required

St. Paul Brewing History Bus Tour
Summit Brewing
910 Montreal Circle St. Paul, MN 55102
Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about St. Paul's hoppy past. New breweries springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to today's fascination with the sudsy stuff, but St. Paul's first brewery dates back to 1849. Today, remnants of St. Paul's historic brewing past include the imposing Hamm's and Schmidt breweries. This meandering three-hour bus tour features samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way. Tour stops include Flat Earth, Great Waters and Summit breweries. The tour starts and ends at Summit Brewing, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, and is for ages 21 and up. It includes up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain.
Sat., Jun 18, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40/$35 MNHS members
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Riverfront Quest Family Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Explore the Minneapolis riverfront with a family treasure hunt! Participants will make a quest journal and then solve rhyming riddles and search for hidden boxes throughout the tour. The tour is designed for ages 6-11.
Sat., Jun 18, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$12 adults, $10 seniors, college students, and ages 5-17. $7 MNHS members ages 5-17, free for adult members accompanying a child. Includes museum admission.
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Queer St. Paul Walking Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Discover St. Paul's often-overlooked lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer past with Stewart Van Cleve, author of “Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota.” On this tour, attendees will walk in the footsteps of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas and Oscar Wilde; stand on the site of the city's earliest known gay bar; find out where two transgender pioneers made history simply by seeing a movie; and which building has housed seven queer bars and a bathhouse annex since 1977. The tour meets at the NW corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Wabasha and involves moderately-paced walking on uneven terrain. This tour is for ages 21 and up; beer and snacks are included.
Sat., Jun 18, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Minneapolis Riverfront Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided walking tour of the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, once the milling center of the world and now a growing cultural, recreational and residential neighborhood. Stop along the Stone Arch Bridge for spectacular views of the falls, view historic buildings surrounding the riverfront and downtown Minneapolis. The tour will explore stories of the people who have worked and lived in the area and how it has changed over the years.
Sun., Jun 19, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Father's Day
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Celebrate Father's Day with a trip to the Harkin Store! Visit with artist Dan Cochran who will discuss and display his leather work. Then relax under the shade of the 1870s porch while learning about the general store and the former bustling riverboat stop of West Newton.
Sun., Jun 19, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

The New Ulm Battery
Fort Ridgely
72404 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
In honor of Father's Day, the New Ulm Battery will educate visitors about black powder and will fire the cannon throughout the afternoon. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds.
Sun., Jun 19, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members. State Park vehicle permit required

Shri Rama Kathasudha Dance Performance
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Natyarpana Dance Company and Flute 'n Feather Dance Company present a multi-genre dance production that explores the heroic tale of Prince Rama, his loyal wife Sita and the metaphor of good's triumph over evil in the Indian epic poem "Ramayana." The performance features Bharatanatyam, a form of classical dance from southern India, and an ensemble of traditional Indian classical instruments playing compositions by Oothukkadu Venkata Kavi & H.H. Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji. This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibit Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.
Sun., Jun 19, 2016, 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
$25 adults, $20 seniors and college students, children age 5-17, MNHS members
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Finishing School for Young Ladies Day Camp
*Sold Out*

Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In this one-of-a-kind day camp, young ladies will dress up in Victorian-inspired costume, enjoy a tea party on the porch and learn popular dances of the 1870s. Each day features a historical theme, and participants learn about Victorian fashion, music, art and etiquette through hands-on activities and games. For girls ages 9-12.
Mon., Jun 20, 2016, 8:30 am - Wed., Jun 22, 2016, 4:00 pm
$220/$200 MNHS members
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Outdoor Explorers Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Calling all adventurers! Bring your sense of discovery and experience outdoor skills and life in the early 1800s. Campers will try their hand at using flint and steel, tracking animals, fishing, hiking, cooking over an open fire, canoeing and much more, all within the vicinity of Historic Fort Snelling. Space is limited to 14. This camp is for ages 9-12.
Tue., Jun 21, 2016, 8:30 am - Fri., Jun 24, 2016, 4:30 pm
$250/$230 MNHS members
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Historic Downtown Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Unearth the secrets behind downtown St. Paul's transformation from wild prairie to modern power center. On this tour, find out how downtown grew from a rough river port where soap was scarce to a Gilded Age gem built by robber barons, impresarios and crime bosses to rival Chicago and New York. Explore the revitalized Union Depot and round out your evening with a drink at the St. Paul Hotel's legendary bar. This tour is for ages 21 and up and includes up to 2 blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.
Wed., Jun 22, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Children's Day
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Children of all ages can help with the chores and play the games kids did on farms more than 150 years ago. Help load hay into a wagon pulled by the farm's oxen, try to get the laundry clean using a scrub board without the calves eating the soap, haul baskets of weeds out of the garden, and enjoy 19th-century games like Cat's Cradle or Grandmother's Footsteps.
Thu., Jun 23, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Included with site admission of $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Friday, June 24, 2016

Arrowheads & Stone Tools Day
North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane Pine City, MN 55063
By shaping stone into sharp tools and projectiles, ancient people were able to hunt animals as big as mastodons. Discover the craft of making spear points and arrowheads. Watch as modern flint knappers demonstrate their skills. See dozens of finished points, projectiles, blades and tools on display.
Fri., Jun 24, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
Also June 25

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Inside the Summit Avenue Mansions of Clarence Johnston
Germanic-American Institute
301 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Once the most sought-after residential architect for two generations, Clarence Johnston was responsible for 42 mansions along St. Paul's historic Summit Avenue (more than any other architect), dozens more grand homes throughout the historic Cathedral Hill district, and even the famous Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate in Duluth. Led by local historian and Clarence H. Johnston Society member Ryan Knoke, this tour offers a rare and intimate look at the interior spaces of some of Clarence Johnston's finest commissions on Summit Avenue, exemplifying his versatility as an artist and mastery of a variety of architectural styles.
Tours begin and end at the German-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Some of the historic homes featured on this tour are accessible only by stairs. This tour includes up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain and is presented in partnership with the Clarence H. Johnston Society.
Sat., Jun 25, 2016, 9:00 am – Noon; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$40/$35 MNHS members
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Children's Day
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd. Two Harbors, MN 55616
A day of tours geared for children and free admission for ages 17 and under! Families can learn about the children who lived at the light station, join in special games and participate in a scavenger hunt. 
Sat., Jun 25, 2016, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, free ages 17 and under and MNHS members

Butter Making Day
Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118 Preston, MN 55965
Butter has been used for more than 4,000 years. For many years, butter was only produced in the home. During the 19th century, many farm wives supplemented farm income by selling butter. They churned every day or so, or whenever enough cream had accumulated. Step back into 1899 and observe costumed guides as they complete the weekly task of butter churning. Nineteenth-century traditional techniques of churning will be showcased with opportunities for hands-on participation.
Sat., Jun 25, 2016, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members.

Birch Bark Basket Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Learn how to work with birch bark in this one-day workshop. Participants will make a large basket to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. A minimum of five participants required to host workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop.
Sat., Jun 25, 2016, Noon - 4:00 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members, plus $15 supply fee. Reservations required, call 320-532-3632

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Disasters of the Riverfront Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take a guided walking tour of the St. Anthony Falls milling district and learn about some of the most tragic disasters in Minnesota history. Hear the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses and other calamities. Visitors will stop along the riverfront and learn about the Eastman Tunnel Collapse in 1869, the Great Conflagration of 1893, bridge collapses in 1859 and 2007, numerous fires and massive landscape changes that shaped the Twin Cities.
Sun., Jun 26, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members, includes museum admission
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Carver Creek Bluegrass
Harkin Store
66250 County Road 21 New Ulm, MN 56073
Join Carver Creek Bluegrass, a family band of five siblings from Carver, Minnesota, for an afternoon of music. They play bluegrass, old-time, gospel and Irish folk music on the banjo, guitar, bass, fiddle and some unusual pieces, like the bodhrán (an Irish frame drum) and the musical saw.
Sun., Jun 26, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Monday, June 27, 2016

History Detective Day Camp
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Search for clues, sift through evidence and solve mysteries of the past in this three-day camp. Young sleuths will solve real and fictional mysteries (and even create their own) by exploring the historic Ramsey House and its unique collection of original artifacts. Activities include a mock investigation, historic games and exploration of Victorian-era forensics. For ages 11-13.
Mon., Jun 27, 2016, 8:30 am - Wed., Jun 29, 2016, 4:00 pm
$220/$200 MNHS members
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Arts on the River Day Camp
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Play music, get creative, bake bread and construct books while exploring the rich culture along the Minneapolis riverfront district. Children will explore a new experience each day at four arts centers, including Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and MacPhail Center for Music. The Mississippi River and the wonders of water will inspire camp activities this year. Campers will start each day at Mill City Museum and will walk with camp leaders, less than three blocks, to each art organization. For ages 9-11.
Mon., Jun 27, 2016, 9:00 am - Thu., Jun 30, 2016, 3:30 pm
$250/$225 MNHS members
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Beyond Bollywood Music & Dance Night
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy an evening of traditional folk and hip hop-infused contemporary Indian music and dance with Chords Karma Band outdoors on the History Center terrace! Presented in conjunction with the exhibit Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.
Tue., Jun 28, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Old Saint Anthony
Community Keg House
34 13th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413
Discover the city’s oldest neighborhoods in this bus tour of the east bank of the Mississippi River, including historic Main Street, the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, Nicollet Island, parts of Northeast Minneapolis and the historic Grain Belt brewery complex. The town of St. Anthony began in 1849, several years before its neighbor Minneapolis across the river. Although annexed by Minneapolis in 1872, the area's unique character and history remained distinct. Hear about the people who lived and worked there and about the flour mills, churches, red light districts, Victorian homes, pubs, immigrant enclaves, commercial centers, breweries and more. The tour will stop at several significant historic places, including two watering holes in historic buildings. This tour is for ages 21 and up, and the price includes a pint and sampling at Community Keg House. The tour includes three blocks of moderately-pace walking on uneven surfaces. 
Tue., Jun 28, 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$30/$25 MNHS members

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

River Kids Day Camp
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Dr. S. Little Falls, MN 56345
Before he was a famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh spent summers as a boy on the banks of the Mississippi River. All of this time outdoors shaped a young Charles into the environmentalist he became. Kids can explore Charles' lifelong passion for the river and the environment through activities such as a scavenger hunt, composting projects, artwork and more. For ages 8-12. Space is limited to 15. Campers should bring a bag lunch. A minimum of seven campers is required.
Wed., Jun 29, 2016, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

History Happy Hour: Opera Night
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House and enjoy a special night of opera classics. Artists from the Minnesota Opera will perform musical selections from operas composed between 1880 and 1920. These pieces, from the Neapolitan and Italian traditions, created a new generation of opera lovers in the late 19th century. Discover the history behind the music and how, in recent years, the popularity of the "Three Tenors" has created renewed interest in the art form. This program begins at 5:30 and 8:30 pm and is for ages 21 and older. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion. 
Thu., Jun 30, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm; 8:30 – 10:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members
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Ongoing Exhibits

Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul

Through July 10, 2016

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation
One out of every 100 Americans, from Silicon Valley to Smalltown, USA, traces his or her roots to India. In Minnesota, Indian immigrants and their families number just under 40,000. Breakthroughs in business, the arts, medicine, science, and technology, and the flavorful food, flamboyant fashion and yoga of India have become a central part of our culture. "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation" explores the Indian American experience and the community's vital political, professional, and cultural contributions to American and Minnesotan life and history.
A dynamic panel exhibit created by the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center will be augmented with artifacts, oral histories and personal reflections developed by the Minnesota Historical Society in collaboration with members of Minnesota’s Indian American community. Find out more.

Through Aug. 14, 2016 

What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones 
"What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones" reveals the creative genius behind some of the most enduringly popular cartoons and animated films of all time, including the characters of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the hapless but optimistic Elmer Fudd. Wall-projected animated films, original sketches, storyboards, animation cels, photographs, audio-visuals, and interactive experiences offer insight into how Jones and his collaborators created cinematic magic.
The exhibition is organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Museum of the Moving Image. Find out more. 

Ongoing

Then Now Wow
Designed primarily for children, visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring Minnesota’s distinctive places from the prairies and forests to the cities. Along the way they'll meet the people who have made their homes here. Step inside a prairie sod house; board a Twin Cities streetcar; don a headlamp to venture underground in an Iron Range mine; hitch a ride on a boxcar; sit in a modern tipi; and encounter artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse people and historic events. “Then Now Wow” is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Find out more.

Ongoing

Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom
Explore interactive displays and innovative multimedia experiences that reveal the lives and stories of the men and women who came of age during the Depression and World War II and went on to create the postwar “boom.” The exhibition relies substantially on first-person narratives drawn from oral history interviews, published memoirs, reminiscences and letters. Find out more.

Ongoing

Open House: If These Walls Could Talk 
This interactive exhibit uses a single, existing house in the Railroad Island neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side as a window into the daily lives of people of the past. Stories of families, from the German immigrants who built the home through the Italians, African Americans and Hmong who succeeded them, are told through rooms representing different eras of the house. Find out more.

Ongoing

Weather Permitting
Minnesotans learn to cope with extreme temperatures, watch for signs of storms and generally enjoy the outdoors, whether boating on a summer’s day, skiing down a hill or snowmobiling across snowdrifts. Visit the multimedia tornado exhibit, “Get to the Basement,” named the best museum exhibit in the Twin Cities by City Pages. Find out more.

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave., St. Paul

Through Oct. 30, 2016 

A Cure for Everything: The Archaeology of Military Medicine at Fort Snelling
For the people living in the Fort Snelling area more than a century ago, there were many ways to treat an illness, including over-the-counter "patent" medicines and remedies. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of these unique medicines at the fort. View a display of artifacts and learn about the stories they have to tell.

Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St., Minneapolis

Through July 4, 2016 

Skid Row Minneapolis 
In the 1970s, Dayton's was in its prime, the new Nicollet Mall was full of people, the Foshay Tower was still king and the IDS Center was beginning its rise. The skyway system was not yet born so bustling sidewalks teamed with shoppers and businessmen. Mike Evangelist, a 17-year-old from the suburbs, turned his lens to the scenes around him, capturing a vibrant and rapidly changing city. Forty years later, he unearthed this trove of images.